The top-seeded Duke Blue Devils are a perfect 4-0, both straight up and against the spread, in the 2015 NCAA Tournament play so far. Today, Coach K’s squad faces their Final Four opponent at Lucas Oil Stadium where the Blue Devils are a 5-point favorite over Tom Izzo’s seventh-seeded Michigan State Spartans.
Michigan State also enters this game with a 4-0 SU and ATS record in tournament play, but only one team will move on to the national championship game.
A Closer Look At The Michigan State Spartans Vs Duke Blue Devils Final Four Point Spread & My ATS Pick
Matchup: (7) Michigan State Spartans vs (1) Duke Blue Devils
Date: Apr. 4 2015
Start Time: 6:09 p.m. ET
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
TV Info: TBS
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Michigan State Vs Duke
Point Spread: Blue Devils -5
Game Total: 139
This will be the 8th meeting between these two squads, with the Blue Devils leading the head-to-head series 6-1, including a win by Duke in November by a score of 81-71.
Duke finished the season 29-4 and 18-14-1 against the spread. During their March Madness run they eliminated the Robert Morris Colonials (85-56), the San Diego State Aztecs (68-49), the Utah Utes (63-57), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (66-52), covering the point spread in each tilt. The Blue Devils average 80.6 points per game (4th), shooting 50.2% from the field (3rd) and recording 15.5 assists per game (21st). They allow 65.6 points per game (145th) and 37.3 rebounds per game (44th). Duke is led by freshman center Jahlil Okafor (17.7 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.4 APG) and senior guard Quinn Cook (15.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.7 APG).
— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) April 3, 2015
"Just being with these kids and sharing this moment and this Final Four, I’m so happy, I’m so happy for them and to be with them," Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I love my team. … They’re taking me to Indy, which is kind of neat."
Duke Blue Devils Projected Final Four Starting Lineup
- G Tyus Jones, 6-1, Fr., 11.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg
- G Quinn Cook, 6-2, Sr., 15.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
- G Matt Jones, 6-5, So., 6.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
- F Justise Winslow, 6-6, Fr., 12.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg
- C Jahlil Okafor, 6-11, Fr., 17.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg
- Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (35th year)
Can Michigan State stop the Blue Devils?
Led by senior guard Travis Trice (14.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.4 APG) and junior guard Denzel Valentine (14.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 4.2 APG), the Spartans finished the season at 23-11 straight up and 18-16 against the spread. On their way to the Final Four, MSU took care of the Georgia Bulldogs (70-63), the Virginia Cavaliers (60-54), the Oklahoma Sooners (62-58), and the Louisville Cardinals (76-70 OT), while also going an impressive 4-0 ATS record during the NCAA tourney. Michigan State averages 71.9 points per game (67th), shooting 47.1% from the field (32nd) and 17.1 assists per game (4th). They are allowing 63.4 points per game (95th) while grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game (36th).
"I’d like to tell you that I thought five different times this year that we were good enough to get to a Final Four, but I’d be lying to you," said coach Tom Izzo. "But I think the burning desire to be in this Final Four, and they didn’t want to be a group that didn’t make it. I think it was more of the battle cry all year long."
— Michigan St. on BTN (@MichiganStOnBTN) April 3, 2015
Michigan State’s Final Four Projected Starting Line Up
- G Travis Trice, 6-0, Sr., 14.8 ppg, 5.4 apg
- G Tum Tum Nairn, 5-10, Fr., 2.2 ppg, 2.6 apg
- F Denzel Valentine, 6-5, Jr., 14.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg
- F Branden Dawson, 6-6, Sr., 11.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg
- C Gavin Schilling, 6-9, So., 5.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
- Coach: Tom Izzo (20th season)
The Spartans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU win, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5 points, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall, and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
The Blue Devils are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU win, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5 points.